Fishes and Loaves, F.U.N. Group host first free community dinner of 2020

Gerilyn Blanton Mellin
Gerilyn Blanton Mellin creates balloon toys for the children at the January community dinner presented by Fishes and Loaves and the Friends Uniting Neighbors Group Sunday, Jan. 26. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The Friends Uniting Neighbors Group and the Fishes and Loaves group from Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza, with many volunteers, invited Valley residents to a free home-cooked meal Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Community Hall in Anza.

The event was the first of this year’s monthly meals served by the organizations. The community dinner is held on the last Sunday of the month. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, the dinners are held on the actual holidays, as volunteers prepare, serve and clean to ensure a fine event for all those attending.

Huge portions of spaghetti, lasagna, salad, several different soups and Italian bread were served Sunday; cupcakes and gelatin desserts were also offered to attendees.

Everyone in the community is welcome. The Anza Community Hall was filled with friendly conversation, and the aroma of hot, Italian food.

Organizers said up to 250 people have been fed at these dinners each month, led by volunteer server Terry Crutchfield of Anza.

“Terri Crutchfield, the one who organizes, prepares and serves,” Christina James said. “She’s amazing. I just know that a lot of people look forward to that meal every month. Not only great food, but a time to sit, slow down a bit, and enjoy each other’s neighbors. Terri and her crew are amazingly generous, serve with joy and truly enjoy what they are doing.”

Living Hope Christian Fellowship meets weekly at the Community Hall for their services.

The F.U.N. Group was established as a group of like-minded people who came together to benefit the community. Members come from multiple area churches, civic organizations and other groups. Their sponsorship of these community dinners is ongoing.

While free to anyone and everyone, organizers said they do accept donations of food or funds.

The common thread of all the community dinners is love and acceptance, they said.

To learn more about the F.U.N. Group, visit them on Facebook at

To contact Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza, visit or

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at